Seth Rogen slams Mel Gibson's new Santa Claus movie 'Fatman': 'Ho-ho-Holocaust denier'

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Mel Gibson will be playing a “rowdy” Santa Claus in a new film called Fatman — and not many seem happy about it, including Seth Rogen.

Rogen had a cutting response to the news, which was announced on Wednesday:

Rogen’s “Ho-ho-holocaust denier” comment has more than 100,000 likes and nearly 15,000 retweets compared to the initial tweet from The Hollywood Reporter announcing the news — which had just over 500 likes.

Sarah Silverman was among those to applaud Rogen’s remark.

“Is this like Bad Santa,” the 2003 film starring Billy Bob Thornton, “but now with a serving of anti-Semitism?” asked another.

This commenter weaved some of Gibson’s past anti-Semitic comments into the lyrics of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”

Journalist Yashar Ali posted a whole thread reminding people of some of Gibson’s anti-Semitic and racist comments — while also calling out his abuse against his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.

That led someone to comment that “at this rate, he’ll be a future president.”

Gibson — who has long been at the center of controversy for making disparaging comments about gays, blacks and Jews (and was blacklisted in Hollywood for almost a decade for it) — received a similar reaction when it was announced last year that he would be directing The Wild Bunch. At the time, Silverman tweeted one of his anti-Semitic quotes: “F***king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world!” which he said during his 2006 arrest tirade.

(Screenshot: Sarah Silverman via Twitter)

People call Gibson a Holocaust denier for ridiculing the number of Jews who were killed by Hitler in the genocide. In a 2006 interview with Reader’s Digest, he said. “I mean when the war was over they said it was 12 million. Then it was six. Now it’s four. I mean it’s that kind of numbers game. …”

Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, has also been called a Holocaust denier. He once questioned how the Nazis could have disposed of 6 million bodies during the genocide.

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